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Known for its stength, warmth, and value the Great Russian Overcoat is famous in Europe and China. Written by Gogol, the name 'Shinel' (for the 1842 novella, The Overcoat), is one of Gogol's most famous short stories, contrasted humility and meekness with the rudeness of the 'important personage'.
Along with stories of the coat are these facts:
* Two deep pockets in the front keep the hands warm with a silk lining.
* Gold buttons shine in the front
* Half black belt comes with the jacket.
* Twisted piping
* Large badges with a bright red design
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The Russian folklore goes on about these large coats.
Russia's great writer, Gogol, shows a serious interest in the art of story-telling as such -- in the ars poetica as well the personality of an artist. He spends a page in describing Foma Grigorevic's appearance: his character, habits, his great overcoat coat, his boots, the fine handkerchief he uses to blow his nose, his tobacco box. "He took out his round lacquered snuffbox, flicked his finger on the mug of some Mussulman general..."
The coat inspired stories. For example, the central character of Gogol's Overcoat is Akakii Akakievich, a lowly government clerk. When winter begins he notices that his old overcoat is beyond repairing. He manages to save money for a new, luxurious coat. His colleagues at the office arrange a party for his acquisition. But his happiness proves to be short-lived. On the way home he is attacked by thieves and robbed of his coat. To recover his lost possession, Akakievich asks help from an Important Person, a director of a department with the rank of general. He treats Akakievich harshly and Akakievich dies of fright within three days. One night when the Important Person is returning home, he is attacked by a ghost, the late Akakii, who steals his overcoat. The stealing of outer garments continue, even though now the ghost is a big man with a moustache and enormous fists.
The current Russian coat of arms differs from the imperial one.
More overcoat stories of people like Madam Blavatsky and Nicolas Roerich who exerted a strong mystical influence from the coats worn on people who determined the foreign policy of many Western nations including Britain, Germany and America.